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10:00 PM ET, February 21, 2011


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Daily Mail:
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight  —  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.
Libya protests spread and intensify  —  Security forces open fire on anti-government demonstrators in Tripoli, as protests escalate across the country.  —  Scores of people have been reported killed in continuing violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, amid escalating protests …
Libya defectors: Pilots told to bomb protesters flee to Malta  —  As Muammar Gadaffi's ambassadors and most of Libya's UN mission resign, two air force pilots escape rather than obey orders  —  Two high-ranking Libyan air force pilots have who fled to Malta in their aircraft are reported …
Discussion: Reuters and Sense of Events
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela denies Libya's Gaddafi en route
Discussion: Pundit Press
a No-Fly zone over Libya NOW
Discussion: Dean's World and Guardian
Libya in crisis - live updates
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Intervening in the Libyan tragedy
Discussion: Danger Room
Rasmussen Reports:
48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions  —  A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's showdown with unionized public employees in his state, and nearly half side with the governor.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Republican Turncoats May Sabotage Governor Walker's Budget Cut Plans ...Updated With Contact Info ...Update: WI GOP Senators to Stand With Walker  —  Good grief...  Don't look now but Wisconsin Republican Senators are getting wobbly.  —  Republican Senator Dale Schultz is ready to bail on Governor Scott Walker.
Wall Street Journal:
Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Offer Compromise
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wisconsin Power Play
Ford Vox / The Atlantic Online:
Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters  —  Fears over becoming hostage to soaring health insurance premiums has Wisconsin's teachers and other public employees protesting in downtown Madison for the second week running.  It's a very real threat to their economic stability …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
UW HEALTH WILL INVESTIGATE MADISON PROTEST DOCTORS!  —  The UW Health System released this statement today saying the charges of fraud are very serious and in response, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation …
Publius / Big Government:
University of Wisconsin Medical School Launches Investigation of Doctors' Fake Sick Notes
Discussion: TexasSparkle and Pajamas Media
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Big News Out of Madison  —  Just a short time ago we brought you word that the state senate Democrats in Wisconsin were worried that the Republicans could manage an end-run and push the union-busting bill through without their being present.  The approach would be to take that stuff out of the budget bill …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin Senate can eliminate collective bargaining for teachers — even without Democrats who fled
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
‘Morning Joe’ makes startling discovery: The media has a liberal bias  —  Throughout the rise of the Tea Party, there seemed to be an effort by some media outlets to marginalize the message of the conservative movement by portraying rally attendees in the worst possible light …
Discussion: Nice Deb and Verum Serum
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10  —  Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, D.C. most Democratic; Wyoming, Utah most Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14).
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Gallup: Democratic states harder to find
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president?  —  IN NEW YORK — Anyone who thinks presidential ambition is an incurable condition hasn't spent much time lately with Mike Huckabee.  —  The man who came in second in the 2008 GOP primary isn't exactly ruling out another run in 2012.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Huckabee calls Barbour ‘impeccable’ on race issues
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and The Page
Vail Daily:
First lady hits the slopes  —  Michelle Obama enjoys fresh veggies at Restaurant Kelly Liken  —  Daily staff report  —  VAIL — First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed locally grown fare at a Vail restaurant Saturday night before hitting the slopes of Vail Mountain early Sunday.
New York Times:
American Held in Pakistan Shootings Worked With C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, C.I.A.-led team collecting intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.
Daily Mail:
Stripped, punched and whipped with flag poles: Full horror of Lara Logan's attack emerges  —  More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob.  —  The 39-year-old foreign correspondent for CBS News show 60 Minutes was separated from her film crew …
CAIR Asks Presidential Hopeful to Apologize for Comments on Islam  —  Mike Huckabee falsely claims Muslims believe Jesus and his followers are ‘infidels’ A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee to apologize for …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Muslim group seeking Huckabee apology for ‘infidel’ comments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Media Matters for America:
Rush: “Dare I Say This: It Doesn't Look Like Michelle Obama Follows Her Own Nutritionary, Dietary Advice”  —  From the February 21 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Indiana GOP lines up behind Lugar's primary challenger  —  Indiana State TreasurerRichard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state's 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.
New Zealand rattled by strong quake  —  See breaking news?  Share your photos and video with CNN iReport.  —  (CNN) — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday afternoon, seriously damaged the city's cathedrals, burst water mains, buckled streets and shut down phone service, according to media reports.
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Alex Rose / Delaware County Times:
After stinging loss, Sestak ponders next move
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Jewish Funds for Justice Won't Repudiate Soros Statements
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Chris Matthews Is Furious With Gallup Poll Result Of Ronald Reagan As America's Favorite President
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
Becky Bohrer / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Alaska state rep objects to airport search demand
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Ohio, Indiana See Protests Against Anti-Union Bills
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What Pundits Often Mean When They Refer To “People”
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
‘It Gets Better,’ the Public Service Announcement
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On Wisconsin, cont'd  —  Maggie Haberman and I reported today …
Discussion: The Politico
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
One More Job Lost in the Recession: The Mayor's
John / Power Line:
The Catastrophic Failure of European Multiculturalism
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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